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- Listening Length: 15 hours and 54 minutes
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- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 15, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F9DDBW2
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The Wolves of Midwinter: The Wolf Gift Chronicles, Book 2 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Michael Travis Jasper, Author of the Novel “To Be Chosen”
The book is very much character-focused, which is one of the nice things about her work in the genre, but I found it a bit difficult to relate to the Golden Boy protagonist. Often Rice’s characters are too middle-class for my liking. Money never seems to be a worry and life’s ordinary concerns seem to fall easily into line--the problems lie with the extraordinary things. Maybe some people like that, though.
The author tends to indulge overly much in description, more than I remember from earlier books, and for me it hints of a certain vanity--the richness and perfection of an upper-class storybook Christmas with the best of everything, made possible by an army of servants and an outpouring of money, as if this represents the ultimate ideal of Christmas. It gets tiresome. Who cares if it’s Battenburg lace on the table, for God’s sake? Here we have Felix, a supernatural immortal being who is hundreds of years old, and he is consumed with endless fussing over creating a Christmas experience for guests that is worthy of a spread in Better Homes & Gardens. Oh, I know it has to do with connecting with the “ordinary humans” in their lives, but jeez. There are even references to class that feel like they belong more in Britain than America. The townsfolk insist on referring to young Reuben as “the lord of the castle,” as if he were some sort of hereditary aristocrat. We see the lord and his loyal retinue showering Christmas largesse down upon all the “ordinary folk” of his estates.
I found the contrast of belief systems, ethics, morality interesting--like a clan of werewolves who eat the living flesh of their victims erecting a Christmas nativity scene in their yard. Why on earth would these ancient, powerful creatures do such a thing? They definitely have ethics--hunting is forbidden except in certain conditions. They are “good” monsters who have it built into them to find and destroy evil, which they can sniff out. So while they’re committing these horrific acts, they’re doing a good work--usually liberating some poor soul from his or her tormenter.
I found Rice’s quirky editing style a tad distracting. Long sentences run on without commas, while other sentences were annoyingly punctuated with them. I checked some older volumes from the Vampire Chronicles and noticed they didn’t have that--don’t know what’s going on there.
Despite all this, once I got into the book, especially the second half, the old Rice magic got hold of me and I didn’t want to put it down--something I can’t say for the Angel Time books. While it’s not up to her old standard, Wolves definitely has its magical moments.
There are antagonists, but they tend to come and go in a single chapter. The main tension in this story is the ghost story and, maybe it's just me, but I kept feeling that the protagonist was way too put out by it, but then, I'm not a romantic and I stopped being put out by ghosts a long time ago.
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